Puppies dumped, police searching for suspect

Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 9:18 PM CDT
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KENNETT, Mo. (KAIT) - Police need your help after finding four puppies, including one that was dead, in a small crate sitting on garbage beside a dumpster.

According to the Kennett Humane Department, officers discovered the crate on Providence Road on Tuesday, Sept. 20. One of the puppies had died, two of the pups are said to be in “critical condition,” and the third was “skinny and bloated from worms and starvation.”

Both the Kennett Police and Humane Departments take cases of animal abuse and neglect very seriously.

“We are seeing a lot of neglect lately, and we are tough on it here in Kennett, and our judges are not easy on those who commit crimes against animals,” said Humane Department Supervisor Tena Petix.

She explained dumping animals is both cruel and against the law, adding her department will help any animal owner in need to prevent acts like this from becoming more common.

“If you also do not have enough food, we can try to solicit food to help keep them in the home,” Petix said.

On Wednesday, the pound was full of puppies tossed out of moving cars, dumped in the country, or abused.

Petix this type of behavior simply cannot continue.

“Dumping them is definitely not the right thing to do,” she said.

Although she’s a veteran of the department, Petix said it’s never easy to see animals in this condition.

“It makes me angry,” she said. “I have been here 15 years, and it makes me just as angry every single time.”

The humane department is currently closed to the public due to an outbreak of parvo.

If you are looking to adopt a puppy, you can check their Facebook page for information.